Page 3605 - Week 11 - Tuesday, 22 November 2022

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We not only have committed to lease 12 electric buses but also are in the market to purchase a further 90 and, importantly, to invest in the skills and the electrical infrastructure to make sure that the transition to zero emissions, and particularly to battery-electric buses, is successful. We are very much looking forward to that, but—

Mr Hanson: Madam Speaker, I rise on a point of order on relevance. There is a lot of waffle going on here.

MR STEEL: I am not planning on making an announcement during question time.

Mr Hanson: It is not a policy announcement. You said that the buses were coming. That is not a policy announcement. Madam Speaker, it was a very specific question about what date they will arrive, and I would ask the minister to be relevant.

MADAM SPEAKER: Members, the minister was within scope and right to respond as he did. Mr Parton, do you have a supplementary?

MR PARTON: Minister, will the first 12 battery electric buses be arriving before the end of 2022, as promised by you?

MR STEEL: Yes. I am very much looking forward to announcing when they will arrive, so that we can get them into our fleet as soon as possible and start delivering the clean, quiet and comfortable services—

Mr Parton: On a point of order, Madam Speaker, the question specifically asked will the buses arrive before the end of 2022?

MR STEEL: And I said yes.

Opposition members interjecting

MADAM SPEAKER: Members, the question has been asked and answered.

Ms Lee interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Ms Lee, it has been answered, and your colleague is on the floor seeking the call for the supplementary.

MS CASTLEY: Minister, will the remaining 90 buses be delivered in 2023 and, if so, when? Or are they already delayed before the 2023 year has begun?

MR STEEL: We have already said that they will be provided and supplied over a number of years. That will be confirmed through the procurement process which is underway.

Opposition members interjecting

MR STEEL: I can see the excitement building, Madam Speaker, not only in this chamber but also in the community about our transition to electric buses! I know that

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